Emerging Power Inc. to issue EPC tender for 40 MW Montelago project
Under a Philippine Department of Energy service contract, EPI's project will involve the construction of a 44 MW Geothermal Power Plant including and a 45-kilometer, 69 KV transmission line and a substation facility.
Emerging Power Inc. (EPI) is set to start its selection process for its Engineering Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractor for its 44-MW geothermal project in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, the company announced today. Gani Capaning, EPI spokesperson, said that under a Philippine Department of Energy service contract, EPI’s project will involve the construction of a 44 MW Geothermal Power Plant including and a 45-kilometer, 69 KV transmission line and a substation facility. EPI is looking for a reputable company to implement the Projects.
According to Capaning, EPI will most likely adopt a two-stage selection process where the 1st stage will require the submission of an EPC conceptual proposal within a short time period. From thereon, short-listed bidders will proceed to the 2nd stage, which shall require the submission of a final and detailed EPC proposal to be scheduled at a later date. A number of interested EPC contractors have already expressed their interest to undertake the project, Capaning added.
EPI will be adopting a modular approach to the development of the geothermal field where it expects to drill a total of 14-18 production and re-injection wells. “We are already in the process of selecting the drilling company,” Capaning added,”and the selected driller will be announced soon.” EPI is expected to start drilling towards the end this year.
Dr. Antonie de Wilde, EPI Chief Technical Officer added that providing the reservoir and drilling advisory to EPI are Iceland Geosurvey (ISOR) and ITB of Bandung, Indonesia, two of the most experienced consultancy firms in the geothermal industry. “We expect that drilling the first two wells may take us around 90 days, after which we should start the process of constructing the power plant, the balance of plant, and the associated transmission lines,” according to de Wilde. EPI expects to start production around the end of 2015 or early 2016.